The death of 59-year-old Dowelltown woman marked the fifth traffic fatality on DeKalb County Roads in 2015.
Donna Jean Willoughby succumbed to injuries suffered in a Saturday crash on Highway 70 in Dowelltown. The wreck occurred at the intersection of Turner Street just after 5 p.m. According to the THP, Willoughby was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro, turning left from Turner Street onto Highway 70 when she crossed into the path of the westbound 2011 Ford F150 pickup, William Davis, 64, of Dowelltown. Davis' wife, 56-year-old Dana Davis was a passenger in the truck, which hit the car in the driver’s side door.
Willoughby was extricated from the mangled Camaro by members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Team. She was then flown from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital, where she later passed away.
The Davis' were not seriously injured.
Trooper Brandon Jackson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was assisted by Trooper Mark Jones in investigating the incident. Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene, as well as the Liberty and Short Mountain Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department.
The fatal accident, along with two in April, one in July and one in October, ups the total number of traffic fatalities to five, up from three in 2014.
Robbie D. Taylor, 83, lost her life in a two-vehicle collision on April 6 at the intersection of Highway 70 and the 83 bypass.
Edgar Louis Madewell, 72, of McMinnville died in a three-vehicle collision on April 21. The accident took place on Highway 56 just south of Magness Road.
Floyd Tilley, 66, of Woodbury died after his motorcycle hit a utility pole on Short Mountain Highway on July 15.
Tacy Hendrixson, 31, lost her life in an Oct. 28 crash on Old Blue Springs Road when her pickup truck left the highway and she was ejected from the vehicle.